YES. THIS IS HAPPENING.
Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. This is not a hallucination. It’s game time, people! Benedict Cumberbatch covers this season’s issue of the New York Times’ T Style Magazine. The photoshoot is by Karim Sadli, and I swear Benedict looks like he’s 25 years old here. Is it just the hair? Is it airbrushing? Or is he just getting more beautiful year after year? Sigh… my love burns brightly for The Batch. I shall not lie about it, or play it cool. I would tear him up. Anyway, you can read the full NYT piece here, and here are some highlights:
He’s tired of talking about himself: “Why does anyone want to know my opinions? I’m not interested in reading my opinions.”
His looks: He says he looks like “Sid from ‘Ice Age’ ” and although he once declared that “I always seem to be cast as slightly wan, ethereal, troubled intellectuals or physically ambivalent bad lovers,” there are numerous websites devoted to the subject of his romantic prowess, e.g., “Benedict Cumberbatch — Fantastic Lover,” a compendium of clips set to Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On,” that has been viewed more than 490,000 times on YouTube.
His Time Magazine cover: “It’s one of the more bizarre levels of success,” he said. At first he thought it was fake. “Someone sent me a photograph of it and I thought, ‘Some fan has got hold of a photo and done one of those neat apps where they impose your head on something,’ ” he said.
After playing geniuses like Sherlock & Alan Turing, he says: “I am so ready to play a really dumb character.”
People obsessed with Sherlock: “I always make it clear that people who become obsessed with him or the idea of him — he’d destroy you,” Cumberbatch said cheerfully. “He is an absolute bastard.”
Holding up political signs while filming Sherlock: “These are very complex questions and very difficult arguments to be very clear about, so to ask the questions is to stimulate the debate,” he explained. He has not done it since, though, he said, “I felt really strongly about it at the time.”
Why he was in NYC: In New York he was visiting his friend Zachary Quinto, who acted alongside him in “Star Trek,” seeing some movies, going to some museums and trying to keep a low profile. He is currently unattached, and is gearing up for his next batch of work.
He didn’t like how his Star Trek character ended up: “That was a stupid thing to do,” Cumberbatch said, referring to Starfleet Command. “They should have just blown me up.”
Dealing with crowds and his fandom: “If you pick a point far behind them they perceive you as not seeing them, and you’re the obstacle they have to get around.” For a moment, he sounded positively Sherlockian. “There is a way of just shadowing through,” he continued. “The higher the walls, the more dark the windows, the bigger the sunglasses — the more people are going to look. The greatest disguise is learning how to be invisible in plain sight.”
Is this the best Cumberinterview ever? No, it’s not. They didn’t even ask him about all the times he’s nearly died, nor did they ask him about his beloved mother Wanda. NYT FAIL. Still, it’s nice to see him photographed beautifully and on the cover of a fashion-y magazine. Lovely, lovely Batch. One day, sir. One day you will be mine.
Photos courtesy of the NYT.